A resource consent is a formal approval needed when a building or activity does not meet the rules in the city or district plans, or where that plan states that resource consent is required for a particular activity.
There are three ways in which resource consent applications can be processed – publicly notified, limited notified or non-notified.
Sometimes written approval from affected neighbours and other parties is needed for an application to be processed on a non-notified basis.
A hearing is a formal meeting to consider notified resource consent applications where submissions have been received.
You can make a submission on any publicly notified resource consent application.
An exemption process for proposals only infringing District Plan boundary rules and where written approval is obtained from the neighbouring owners.